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New year Celebration in Peru

30 Dec
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New year Celebration in Peru
Monday December 30, 2013 - Posted by

With 2014 coming so close now, people all over the world are preparing New Year Celebrations for December 31. For some others, New Year is celebrated on other dates, such as India, Iran, Turkey, China, etc.

For every culture in the world, the beginning of a New Year has a particular implication and each one of them receives the New Year in different ways. Also Peru has its own, typical rituals and superstitions to dismiss the old year and to welcome the New Year with new hopes and new plans and projects.

In Peru, on New Year’s Eve, many people attend a party somewhere in town while others receive the New Year at home with friends and family. After a delicious dinner and a few minutes before midnight, the radio stations and Peruvian television announce and finally start the countdown. When clock strikes Midnight everyone hugs and kisses each other with good wishes and either champagne, wine or, Pisco sour, all with loud music, fireworks, firecrackers and rockets at the background. Unlike the Christmas dinner, a typical Peruvian New Year dinner is very varied and lasts for several hours. They are usually large banquets where the favorite dishes are turkey and pork in the oven, accompanied by a variety of salads and rice.
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The Day of the Innocents In Peru

28 Dec
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Día de los inocentes
Saturday December 28, 2013 - Posted by

The Latin American equivalent of April Fools’ Day is known as “The Day of the Innocents” and it is celebrated on December 28. “El día de los inocentes”, as it is called in Spanish, is originally a Catholic remembrance of a biblical fact: for many years the Church used to commemorate the killing of male infants under the age of two in the village of Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16-18), in Judea.

The origin of what’s now the popular celebration of the “day of the (Holy) Innocents” on December 28 dates back to the middle ages, when the day of the mourning for the killing of innocent children remained intact until the people started to celebrate another rite called “feast of fools’. On this day everything was allowed and guilt could not fall on anybody. It is said that those celebrations were so chocking that the Church, in an effort to calm the eccentricities of its participants, decided to match the mourning with the fools’ day, on December 28. And thus began the pagan-religious union of these festivities as it is still known today.

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The Typical Peruvian Christmas markets and “El Niño Manuelito” or “the child Jesus Manuelito”

20 Dec
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The child Jesus Manuelito
Friday December 20, 2013 - Posted by

As you walk around in the streets of Cusco the days before Christmas visiting the typical Christmas markets, you will notice something that characterizes all Peruvian Christmas handicrafts: you will see many stands with the images of a baby, or a young boy, mostly with tears in his eyes and a sad expression, called “Manuelitos“. And it’s more, there are also stands that ‘repair’ “niños Manuelitos” and others, where you can buy different clothes for him!

According to the seventeenth-century chronicles, the Spanish priests taught the Indian people of the Peruvian highlands that the prophet Isaiah announced that a virgin would give birth to a child named Emmanuel (God with us). Throughout the years the phonetic degeneration was responsible for the transformation from Emmanuel to Manuel, a name which prevails until the present days.
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What to do for Christmas in Cusco

20 Dec
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Christmas in Cusco, Peru
Friday December 20, 2013 - Posted by

What to do for Christmas in Cusco

It’s Christmas time in Peru and for all those travelers and tourists, Cusco is a great place to spend the Christmas and new Years Eve. The beautiful old inca town, maintaining all it’s traditions and many habits and costums of the Quechua people, is at the same time a small cosmopolitan travelers hub with a good infrastructure of cafes, bars, restaurnants, travel agencies and souvenir shops.  Here you can find some tips on What to Do for Christmas in Cusco!

In Christmas days, Cusco is bright and busy, full of small Christmas markets. People are buying Peruvian gifts, textiles, incense, candles, ceramics and other handicrafts and of course also sweets, breads, cake, food and clothes.

Christmas in Cusco is characterized by the birth of Jesus and you can see this in the many ‘nacimientos’ in the diffirent churches and other places. A “nacimiento” is a constructions if a Nativity scene with Jesus, Mary, the deciphels and some animals, mostly made out of ceramcis. Many people have those nacimientos in their living rooms at home, and you can also see big one at the Plaza de Armas or other Plazas in Cusco. (more…)

The impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman (Cusco, Peru)

07 Dec
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Ruins of Sacsahuaman - Cusco
Saturday December 07, 2013 - Posted by

The impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman is a must see for tourists visiting Cusco, Peru; ranked 8 out of 87 attractions to see in Cusco by Tripadvisor.com. The former capital of the Inca Empire – Cusco – offers insight into the battles between the Incas and the Spaniards during the 1500’s; while also providing breath-taking views of the city and the surrounding country side simultaneously. With an altitude of 3,701 meters one should be mindful of water intake and pacing to avoid altitude sickness when visiting this beautiful fortress, at only a few kilometers from Cusco.

This once labyrinth-like fortress housed around 1,500 Incas. In 1533 Francisco Pizarro Gonzales, a Spanish conquistador led a small army of 13 men to the Inca territory to claim their new land. With two previous failed attempts in 1524 and 1526 Pizarro was very determined having already seen the riches of the Incas. The Spaniards based their attack from Rodadero Hill. The first night of the attack the Incas gained head way when Juan Pizarro, Francisco’s brother was killed by a strike to the head by a stone fired from an Inca slingshot. The second night the Spaniards devised a plan; launching a surprise attack with ladders the Spaniards forced the Incas into the 3 tall towers in Sacsayhuaman massacring them all.

 

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